Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Finlay Carson supports national campaign, Save Our Surgeries

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Local MSP Finlay Carson is supporting the Scottish Conservatives national campaign, Save our Surgeries.

Figures, obtained by the General Medical Council, reveal that as many as 3,000 Scottish trained doctors have left the country to work abroad since 2008.

The figures relate to the number of doctors who have requested a Certificate of Current Professional Status (CCPS) – the document required for those who chose to work abroad.

Since 2008, 5,044 doctors have requested a CCPS, of which, 2,149 were connected to a ‘designated body’ – meaning they are likely to still be practicing in Scotland.

The remainder, some 2,895 Scottish trained doctors, are not – and are therefore almost certain to be working abroad. 

Commenting, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson said:

“These figures are deeply worrying, earlier this month I discussed staff shortages with local GPs.

“There are already grave concerns about the number and availability of doctors in Dumfries and Galloway, without a national crisis surrounding an exodus of doctors from Scotland.

“It is important that we seek assurances from the relevant authorities that Dumfries and Galloway secures a fair and equitable service across the region, in line with the rest of Scotland.

“I have written to the Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport, Shona Robison, and to the NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s Chief Executive, Jeff Ace, to request the number of those doctors, from the Dumfries and Galloway region, who have left Scotland to work abroad.”